2022 Los Angeles Auto Show Gallery and Recap

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2022 los angeles auto show gallery and recap

I often, though not always, write a quick recap of each auto show I attend. I try to see if there's a theme or pattern to what was shown, or at least talk about the vibe. The 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show defies easy characterization, however.

If there was a theme, it was EVs -- as most of the vehicles that debuted were electrified, though Subaru's Impreza and Kia's Seltos were exceptions. But that's not really a new thing for auto shows as we move into a more electrified future -- and it's certainly not new for the L.A. show.

As for the vibe, there was a sense of optimism -- the light at the end of the COVID/chip shortage tunnel might be visible now. Certainly, the show was more debut-heavy than Detroit was, though still less busy than it has been in the past. The fact that there was only one media day this year, instead of one full day and one half-day, does indicate that the old days of non-stop debut action are probably gone for good.

So, I don't have a lot to say about this show in particular -- I will let my camera do the talking. Apologies in advance for some potato pics -- auto-show lighting is often not the best for photography.

Take a gander below -- I'll mix in a few cars I snapped purely because I thought they were interesting, along with the debuts. I also snapped some cars that debuted recently but not at the show -- think Honda Accord and Pilot.


[Images © 2022 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Nov 18, 2022

    What is the burgundy sedan with what looks like a Toyota logo? Or is that one of the HyundKias?

    It surprises me that Toyota let Honda get the jump on them with the Accord vs. Camry. I would have thought that Toyota would have had a concept or some sort of preview. Or are they keeping things close to the vest in order to hide the fact that THEIR decisions on the Camry are worse than what Honda did by removing a more powerful engine option from the Accord after at least 25 years? (If Toyota didn’t bin the Camry V6 option, I would have expected them to shout from the rooftops!)

    • Ajla Ajla on Nov 18, 2022

      I'd say there is a 0% the Camry keeps the V6 past its next refresh. The 3.5L is pretty much going through its end of life right now. The IS, ES, and Tacoma will lose it in their next cycle (probably '24MY) and that will be it for the 2GR.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 19, 2022

    V6s are going to still exist but will be rare as turbo 3s and 4s will be the only ICE offered on many vehicles. There will be more hybrids offered as car companies transition to EVs.

  • MaintenanceCosts They can't keep selling through the current hodgepodge mess of desperate or disreputable dealers. Somehow the sales model has to change. Whether they become the Don Quixote that tilts at the franchise-law windmill to sell direct, or they cut a deal to get into another OEM's dealer network, something has to change.They've always been able to engineer competitive cars when they want to, but they haven't had a reasonable way to sell them since the Chrysler tie-up ended.
  • Sgeffe There’s a guy on YouTube who owns several Oldsmobile Diesel-equipped vehicles, including an A-Body with the 4.3 V6. Might be the Chevy.IIRC, Adam Wade on the “Rare Classic Cars” channel stated that this engine was also available in 1985 only in the redesigned C-Bodies (98 Regency, Electra, DeVille/Fleetwood).
  • Tassos It's a GREAT value, but what, if any, profit will GM make from this vehicle? When it prices it at only $30k, while the much smaller and much CRAPPIER FIAT 500E goes for OVER $40k????
  • Tassos The consumers (not the "market") DO trust EVs, but those that are superior and well-priced,THey buy millions of TESLAS and very few copies of all the other dozens and dozens of LEGACY BEVs.Makes sense to me. None of these experienced makers have YET succeeded to design and build a better Tesla, that is ALSO PRICED COMPETITIVELY.
  • Tassos NOBODY really HAS to buy a new or even used car in this insane 2022 market, and those who do are damned fools.THIS IS the way to discourage dealer markup. FIX your damn car and DO NOT GO BEGGING THEM TO GIVE YOU A NEW ONE, in this BIGGEST SELLER's MARKET EVER.DO NOT BE AN ECON ILLITERATE. WAIT A YEAR OR TWO, THEN BUY.